When mother earth (Gaia) requested that her son Cronus kill his father, (Uranus) he used his scythe to complete the job. As the wounded Uranus fled into the sky parts of his lower extremities began to fall into the water. From the foam of the sea arose the most beautiful maiden ever to be seen, Aphrodite. Riding on the waves, she was taken to Kythera and ultimately to Cyprus. Even though the waters are rough around the enormous rock, which marks her birthplace, it is said that all who swim there will have eternal beauty. The beach nearby is also reputed as one of the crucial landing sites during the Trojan War.
Aphrodite was worshipped and had an incredibly large following in the area of Pathos. She was recognized as the Warrior Goddess but had many different virtues which lent to her popularity. One of the main festivals to celebrate Aphrodite was always held in the middle of the Summer and labeled Aphrodesia. Officially, love beauty and procreation were her attributes, which blended well with being a warrior. It is no wonder that countless paintings and statues have been rendered in her likeness throughout the centuries and she remains the most popular goddess of all in the movies and modern music.